SMAAAK News September 2017

Round up…. 

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Kingsland Pop Up Opera raised £1500. Our huge thanks to all who attended, helped behind the scenes and of course our fabulous sponsors Sarah and Tavey at The Angel and Daniel and Alexandra at AllStar Toilets. From this and other events we have been able to donate funds to purchase new bell ropes for the Church and have contributed towards a formal bid to English Heritage to make further much needed improvements to Kingsland Church.

New events

Hot on the heels of The Remi Harris Trio  Saturday, 16 September (tickets £12), SMAAAK’s live events programme continues with the Arcadia Music Festival 5 – 8 October in the Churches of Leintwardine, Kingsland and Downton. This year’s Festival – A Very French Affair has work by Debussy, Ravel, Saint Saëns, and the less well known Albert Roussel. It also features complementary works by Beethoven and Eleanor Alberga, as well as talks on French music by world authority Roger Nichols and harp by virtuoso Hugh Webb. The latter are hosted by Aardvark Books. For the full programme (Saturday 7 October in Kingsland Church) go to Tickets from, Kingsland Village Shop  or   T: 01547 540762  

Looking ahead, we have booked the remarkable Churchfitters ‘Christmas Cracker’ for Sunday 10 December and Garlic Theatre’s  ‘Jack and the Beans Talk’ Sunday 25 February, both at the Coronation Hall. And hot news… Pop Up Opera return to Kingsland in 2018 for their 5th year! The date is Saturday 14 July 2018.

SMAAAK Annual General Meeting

 A chance to meet the Trustees… all are welcome to join us at SMAAAK’s AGM on Saturday 7 October 6.30pm, which immediately precedes the Arcadia Festival in Kingsland Church.

Finally, very sadly SMAAAK Trustees Jim and Dee are due to leave Kingsland shortly and we would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the SMAAAK team or helping out with events.  We would also welcome more local sponsors to continue to run our vibrant events programme. For more information call T: 01568 709008 or email

David Thomas Chair SMAAAK

Interested in joining an Art Club in Kingsland?

Calling all budding or latent artists! I am looking to revive the Village Art Clubs that I ran some years ago and wondered if there is enough interest in Kingsland to start one weekly in the village hall. Looking to begin in the Autumn. If you would like to find out more about it please get in touch by the 15th August in order for me to see if there are enough people to make it viable. It would be a morning session from about 10.00 to 12.30 or 1pm at a cost of around £12.00 per session.

Look forward to hearing from you! Liz Watson – 07938 563716 or 01568 368908.

Apologies for errors on website

We are moving hosts and we seem to have lost the last month’s updates. Sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have it resolved soon.

SMAAAK News August 2017

Kingsland presents h.Art 2017




September sees the return of h.Art to Kingsland, as part of Herefordshire Art Week, 9 -17 September.  Now in its 4th year and showcasing 33 brilliantly talented local artists, this year Kingsland Church plays host to the largest group show in Herefordshire.

This year’s show includes artworks across a range of media including oil, watercolour, mixed media, bronze, textiles, willow, wood, felt, ceramics, jewellery, wirework and much more! Open from 10am – 5pm daily, Kingsland     h.Art is free of charge.

Remi Harris at Kingsland h.Art

SMAAAK is proud to present the brilliant Remi Harris Trio at Kingsland Church on Saturday 16 September from 7.30pm. Tickets at £12 are available from the Kingsland Shop, or T: 01568 709579.

KINGSLAND h.Art 2017  


Enthusiastic volunteers to help steward the show. Perfect for newbies or old hands alike! What’s in it for you? A half day spent amongst beautiful artworks, appreciative visitors and wonderful artists. No previous experience required.  You will be working alongside experienced co-stewards. 

Interested? Call Jim or Dee Davies, Trustees SMAAAK on 01568 709579


SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383

Millennium Green Help Needed Sunday July 16th

Many thanks to everyone who helped out clearing the play area of weeds and the old shavings last weekend. In order to finish preparing the surface for the new bark there is another party for as many people as possible on:


Please come along with gloves and suitable tools.

Contact Jackie on 01568 708281

If anyone has some other spare time then it would be wonderful if  they could go down with a barrow, rake and shovel and help to get the shavings into a trailer that is parked by the play area. (Note that it is important that we don’t take up the existing terram at this stage as it is keeping the layer of stone underneath clean. )

Many thanks again for your support

Andrew Parsons

Honorary Secretary – Kingsland Millennium Green Trust

SMAAAK News and Events Update

Our thanks to all who attended the Whalebone gig which attracted punters from as far as Birmingham! It was a brilliant evening during which Kingsland was pronounced the best “Accompanying Singing Village” by Whalebone. Thanks Guys! Together we raised over £350.

Coming up….

Now in its fourth glorious year, and generously sponsored by Sarah and Tavey at The Angel Bar & Kitchen, July sees Pop Up Opera’s performance of Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, which takes place on Saturday 15 July, Kingsland Church at 7.30pm.

Did you know that Pop Up Opera was founded by Herefordshire born and bred Clementine Lovell whose vision is to make opera relevant and available to everyone?

Clementine writes: “When I began training as an opera singer, I had mixed reactions from my friends. Opera wasn’t really their thing…one even claimed to be “allergic” to it. That stayed with me, and I wanted to prove them wrong, to show them that opera could be magical, hilarious, devastating or moving. I founded Pop-up Opera in 2011, on my return from living in Italy. Opera is so much a part of Italian culture, so broadly appreciated, and is performed everywhere, not just in the big houses. I grew up in a small village in the UK, miles from an opera house. We never went to see it, it wasn’t an option. My uncle has a barn where he hosts folk and blues events and we put on an opera there for a largely non-opera going audience. They loved it. It made me think about how the setting can have a bearing on people’s enjoyment, or their willingness to give it a go. Each new space presents a challenge. The production grows and evolves as it pops up in different places”.

The plot? Ridiculously silly, but in essence, a rich Italian businessman attempts to marry off one of his daughters to a mad English toff with disastrous results. One of the most successful comic operas of the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Secret Marriage is about following your heart and makes for a perfect summer opera.

Tickets £25 /£10 under 18 are now available online from in addition to Kingsland Post Office, or by calling 01568 709579.

We aim for free seating but please call to discuss any special requirements T: 01568 709579.  Weather permitting, why not picnic on the Green and sample the delights of The Angel’s excellent Pimms Tent?  Our huge thanks also to Dan and Alexandra at Allstar Luxury Toilet Hire for providing luxury convenience at its best!

We look forward to seeing you there! Jim and Dee Davies, Trustees SMAAAK


SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383